More than 500 legal scholars have published a letter arguing that President Trump committed impeachable conduct in his dealings with the Ukrainian government earlier this year. The evidence shows that the President attempted to corrupt the 2020 election by using his official power to withhold critical military aid in order to pressure the Ukrainian president into announcing investigations that would benefit Trump “for his personal and political benefit.” This behavior, the scholars reason, is an “attempt to subvert the Constitution”—language that Founding Father George Mason used to describe what would constitute an impeachable offense. They write:
The Founders did not make impeachment available for disagreements over policy, even if they are profound, or for extreme distaste for the manner in which the President executes his office. Only “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” warrant impeachment. The President’s conduct with respect to Ukraine clears that bar.
Read the letter here.
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The president got caught before a bribe could be delivered, called off the scheme and his defenders now claim as a result that he’s exonerated. That’s not how the law of bribery works: if you attempt or solicit bribery, you commit the offense, whether or not you get the goods.